Budweiser Turns NFL Fans into Stars by Proximity

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This is the type of campaign that's always fun to talk about. To give back to the fans and kick off football season in Canada, NFL has teamed up with Budweiser to bring passionate personalities closer to the sport they love.

Ever wish you could be a cheerleader bodyguard for the Dallas Cowboys, or a leap guard for the Packers? Here's to hoping you win more than a shirt.

Toronto's Downtown Partners put together the Superfans campaign to ensure just that. One of the TV spots for the effort features Ed Anzalone, a big Jets fan, berating an oblivious neighbor for allegedly talking down about his team of choice.

It and two other Superfan ads now appear during NFL broadcasts in Canada.

by Angela Natividad    Sep-19-07    
Topic: Campaigns, Good, Sponsorship



Sprint Leaps Onto the Goodship Manning, Just in Time for Football Season

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We were beginning to think there was no longer any such thing as sites that take two minutes to load and count to or from 100 the whole time.

But Manning's Mind, a new promotion for Sprint by Goodby, defeats that logic.

Post-load, the site is actually not bad. It just isn't anything special. Take Peyton Manning on in a trivia-style game where each point won brings you closer to a touchdown.

It appears Peyton Manning is one of the only sports celebrity sponsors who's actually used for what he has to say. We don't know what that means, but it's interesting.

by Angela Natividad    Sep- 7-07    
Topic: Celebrity, Online, Sponsorship



Mastercard's Peyton Manning Pep Talks More Worthless than Priceless

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Talk about deception. Here's a campaign that looked like something it wasn't.

Mastercard's Priceless Pep Talks with Peyton Manning gives you two text-entry boxes: a place for your name, and a place to enter something you're bummed about.

But if your name isn't already in a pre-set database, you officially do not exist. And the second box seems to be stuck on one setting: "I drive a minivan."

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by Angela Natividad    Sep- 6-07    
Topic: Bad, Celebrity, Online, Sponsorship



Hard-Ass Sport, Longtime Legends, Hip-Hop Luminaries Join in Testosterone-Topia

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Video game publisher 2K Sports has pulled digital firm EVB into its ranks to build a lifestyle marketing campaign called Football Resurrected.

A big plug for All-Pro Football 2K8, the virtual game boasts 300 pigskin "legends" including Jerry Rice and Barry Sanders, as well as a few familiar faces of underground hip-hop, including Hieroglyphics, Jurassic 5, Pep Love and even Rakim.

The site is pretty cool and the raps, which revolve entirely around "the resurrection of 2K Sports," are damn sound. It's all really clever and whatnot.

If the musical icons from our beat-banging youth aren't going to rap about their shoes or how cool they are or how lame haters can be or how love pounds you into submission, they might as well be rapping about football.

We're all just trying to get paid at the end of the day, right? Right.

by Angela Natividad    Aug- 9-07    
Topic: Celebrity, Good, Online, Sponsorship



Gorbachev Lets Loose (or Not) for Louis

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When politics and pop culture meet, it's always a little fun to watch the synergy. Adverlab points us to this spot for Louis Vuitton, which slid from the Lolita-esque Scarlett Johanssen series to a celebrity survey that includes Mikhail Gorbachev, the Soviet Union's first (and last) president.

The New York Times observes that Gorbachev "appears the last comfortable [...] holding on to a door handle, as if the bag contained polonium 210."

Upon examining Gorbachev's expression, and then the bag, we've concluded there's definitely not a bowling ball in it. (Although it may well be perestroika.)



In-Game Ads Get the Rich Media Treatment (Thank You, Microsoft)

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Microsoft and EA have just joined forces to create a dynamic ad platform for sports games on the Xbox 360 console and PCs. This means that next time you strap up to play Madden, the sponsorship banners and other ads you see will change.

In a way, this is kind of an improvement on reality. Can you imagine playing your favorite sport -- in the middle of Times Square? It's a dream for the overstimulated, possibly LSD-addled mind that hoped to become Joe Montana but never got past JV.

Madden 08, NASCAR 08, NHL 08, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 08, and Skate will feature the dynamic ads at outset. Non-Xbox and non-PC variations will go on wearing the static versions.

Ars Technica is bummed because this new stream of income doesn't mean a less expensive purchase for gamers. Yeah, sometimes it sucks to be on the receiving end.

by Angela Natividad    Jul-26-07    
Topic: Games, Sponsorship



Danica Prettifies Face of Motorola

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Now that all the Danica hype has cooled, Motorola, fashionably late, slaps her on her very own MOTO DANICA billboard, which reminded us less of Motorola and more of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.

If a Motorola-branded Danica Power Ranger did exist, we hope its (presumable) drag-racing powers would be slightly more dependable than Motorola's mobile phone prowess, because if not, that would be a major case of RAZR burn.

by Angela Natividad    Jul-16-07    
Topic: Outdoor, Sponsorship



Old Spice Stakes Claim to Tony Stewart's Armpits

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If we ever thought Old Spice was past its prime, we were horribly wrong. We should have guessed they had long-term comic genius when they enlisted Bruce Campbell to help them win youngbloods with winning condescension.

The grand old deodorant brand hits us again with a spot called Armpit for its Collector's Edition. Compiled by Wieden+Kennedy, it begins and ends with the maniacal laughter of the company's "marketing president," Alex Keith.

We don't want to blow the spot for you but this print ad sums up the humor and vibe.

Armpit marketing is actually a clever idea. And good inclusion of yellow flare and exclamation points! They give the whole concept just the right amount of trying-hard! pomposity.

We love Old Spice. If we were 100 percent male back here, we'd all be Axe wearers, but boy do we love Old Spice.

by Angela Natividad    Jul-12-07    
Topic: Best, Celebrity, Commercials, Human, Promotions, Sponsorship



Baseball Priceless, Cannes Blinded, Happiness Revealed

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- George Parker wonders what the hell sense an "official insurance company of Major League Baseball" makes. We tend to wonder as well.

- Blind dude goes to Cannes to promote Italian viral community.

- Brokaw mourns loss of unofficial agency mascot.

- Wieden+Kennedy/Amsterdam and Psyop give did a behind-the-scenes peek at the Silver Lion winning "Happiness Factory"'. Real Coca-Cola employees were interviewed and their responses used by the animated factory workers for this film, which is running in Atlanta's World of Coca-Cola.

by Steve Hall    Jul- 2-07    
Topic: Industry Events, Sponsorship



VIA (The Small One) Rebrands As Plaid, Launches Brand Aid '07 Tour

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Perhaps to avoid confusion with much larger shop, Portland-based Via, or simply to reflect the agency's model of bringing in outside talent, smaller, lesser-known VIA (Visual Intelligence Agency) from Connecticut is re-branding itself Plaid. In doing so, the agency is launching Brand Aid 2007, a three week summer road tour during which agency personal will hop in a van, travel across the country to visit clients, prospective clients and share the social media love with all while web 2.0ing the whole thing with videos posted on YouTube and other content published on social media style sites such as Twitter. Twitter Tripping. That's a new one.

Rather than going it alone and funding it on it's own - though the agency promise it will take the trip regardless of funding, Plaid is looking for sponsors who, they promise, will reap the benefits of publicity that is sure, they claim, to shower this tour. While we're not so sure about that, we can't fault an agency for going about promotion a bit differently with at least the intent towards using emerging media to do so.

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by Steve Hall    Jun-13-07    
Topic: Agencies, Good, Guerilla, Social, Sponsorship, Video








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